MFA Now 2013 Juried Exhibition and Archive Project Release

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MFA Now 2013 Juried Exhibition and Archive Project Release

1131 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
February 6th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013
Opening: February 9th, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

(415) 8633-7668
Wed-Sat 2-6 and by appointment


­Contact: Amy Cancelmo




ROOT DIVISION PRESENTS: Second Saturday February 2013


MFA Now 2013 Juried Exhibition and Archive Project Release

Exhibition Juror: Brian Karl, Curator/Writer; Program Director, Headlands Center for the Arts

Second Saturday Reception: Saturday, February 9, 7-10pm


SAN FRANCISCO, CA- Root Division presents MFA Now 2013, an archive project featuring Bay Area MFA Candidates and juried exhibition presenting twenty-six of those artists’ work.  


According to the US News and World Report survey from 2012, the Bay Area is home to seven of the top one hundred MFA Programs in Visual Arts in the country: California College of the Arts, Mills College, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley.


The MFA Now 2013 Archive, is an inclusionary publication of all eligible MFA candidates, set to be released in February 2013 with a full page dedicated to each contributing MFA candidate and a compilation of essays by Juror, Brian Karl, faculty from each MFA program, and Root Division staff. Designed by the Gold Collective, this printed archive will serve to navigate the contemporary moment in Bay Area MFA programs and find connections between the artists and institutions.


Juror, Brian Karl, Program Director of Headlands Center for the Arts, selected twenty-six works from the submitted archive materials to be shown in Root Division's gallery for the month of February.  This Second Saturday event serves as an exhibition opening and release party for the archive project. Copies of the archive publication will be for sale at the exhibition opening or during business hours for $20.



Dalia Anani

Megan Atherton

Gwynessa Balvanz

Barbara Boissevain

Missy Engelhardt

Joey Enos

Taylor Friend

Adam Henderson

Jonathan Huang

Beckey Kaye

Marie-Luise Klotz

Kat MacKinnon

Elizabeth Moran

Sarah Nantais

Eleanor Oakes

Byron Peters

Simon Pyle

Tamra Seal

Dimitra Skandali

Lauren Marie Taylor

Sarah Tell

Kevn Tijerina

Katy Warner

Tali Weinberg

Dawn Weleski

Ansley West Rivers


Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9, 7-10 pm

Exhibition Dates: February 6 – February 23, 2012

Gallery Hours: Wednesday- Saturday, 2–6 pm (or by appointment)




3175 17th Street (between South Van Ness & Shotwell)

San Francisco, CA 94110







Root Division is an arts & arts education non-profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area.


Root Division is supported in part by grants from the The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; National Endowment for the Arts; Grants for the Arts: San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Voluntary Arts Contirbution Fund; Zellerbach Family Foundation, W A Gerbode Foundation, and Fleishhacker Foundation.


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